Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Hotel bans 'social media influencers' after woman asks for free stay

British blogger accuses Irish hotel of 'bullying' after refusing to let her stay there for free Dublin Hotel Outs Instagrammer's Holiday Blag Attempt
Nellie Chapman | 22 January, 2018, 19:14

The fight between an Irish hotel and "influencers" is rumbling on, with the hotel owner sending a blogger an invoice for €5.2million.

In her video, she claimed people who are over the age of 30 have "no idea how social media works these days" and was clearly upset as she defended herself.

Paul Stenson, who owns the White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge in Dublin, has previously offended vegans, people suffering from coeliac disease, breastfeeding mothers and people from Brazil.

He then goes on to ask: "If I let you stay here in return for a feature in your video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you?".

"His response came from a completely dark, nasty place".

Continuing, Stenson asks: "Maybe I should tell my staff they will be featured in your video in lieu of receiving payment for work carried out while you're in residence?"

Elle Darby, who's got 90,000 subscribers on the site, offered to make a video about her stay if she didn't have to pay. That email is something that every single blogger has sent out.

In a Facebook post on Jan 16, Paul Stenson, who owns The White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge, wrote a reply to an email sent by UK-based social media influencer Elle Darby.

Presumably to encourage the decisionmaker, Darby concluded her message by mentioning that a similar collaboration with a Florida hotel was "amazing for them!".

She asserted her intentions were pure and presented a business opportunity that could prove beneficial to both herself and the White Moose Cafe.

The backlash motivated Darby to take to YouTube (of course) and post a 17-minute response video, where she explains how she felt and even breaks down. This would show more self-respect on your part and, let's face it, it would be less embarrassing for you.

"As a 22-year-old girl who's running her own business from her home, I don't feel like I did anything wrong in that", said Darby, who emailed several hotels ahead of the Valentines Day trip she is planning with her partner.

Darby also explains she does not know why the hotel owner made a decision to post her email, stating: "I don't really know what their intent was - it was just malicious" and that since his post, she has received countless comments calling her a "disgusting freeloader".

"Over the past few days myself and my attractive partner Jason and I have been inundated with criticism by the masses", he says.

After the hotel received backlash for the post, Stenson banned all social media influencers from his businesses.

"This kind of victimization is very prevalent in the blogging industry, and is in keeping with their general modus operandi of wanting everything for nothing", Stenson added.

'If any of you attempt to enter our premises from now on, you will be ejected'.